Russian Soldiers Distribute Christmas Gifts to Syrian Children

Speaking on Tuesday of this week, CIA Director John Brennan accused Russia of waging a “scorched earth policy” in Syria. I think clearly we can see evidence of this in the above video.

All kidding aside, Christian charity seems very much alive in Aleppo, and Russian soldiers apparently are quite in the Christmas spirit (The Russian Orthodox celebration of Christmas takes place this Saturday, January 7). The children in the video reportedly are saying “Thanks Russia” in both Arabic and Russian.

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Christmas Music Sung by Muslim Girls’ Choir

In a beautiful show of interfaith solidarity, an all-Muslim, all-girls choir gave a Christmas concert at a church in Beirut on December 19. The girls comprise the Imam Sadr Foundation Choir, and their performance took place alongside popular Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme. The event, held at Beirut’s St. Elias Greek Catholic Church, was organized by the Beirut Chants Festival. (H/T Sabba )

The True Meaning of Christmas

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

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Bethlehem Christmas

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians marked the occasion of Christmas Eve on Saturday morning in the southern occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem, which is traditionally held as the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

A parade lead by the Latin Patriarch of Palestine, Jordan, and the Holy Land Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, are set to arrive in Bethlehem in the afternoon and will be officially received at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem’s Manger Square.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah are also expected to arrive in Bethlehem later Saturday to partake in Midnight Mass.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

It’s a song breaking through this fight…

UN Security Council Resolution 2334–“Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967…”

…adopted on December 23, 2016 by a vote of  14-0 with 1 abstention.

Israeli settlements are illegal

Voting in Favor: Russia, China, Malaysia, Venezuela, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Uruguay, France, Angola, Egypt, Japan, UK, Ukraine

Abstaining: US

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